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GeForce 9600 GT 512MB vs Radeon HD 6570 (OEM) 2GB

Intro

The GeForce 9600 GT 512MB comes with a core clock speed of 650 MHz and a GDDR3 memory frequency of 900 MHz. It also uses a 256-bit bus, and uses a 65/55 nm design. It is comprised of 64 SPUs, 32 TAUs, and 16 Raster Operation Units.

Compare that to the Radeon HD 6570 (OEM) 2GB, which features GPU clock speed of 650 MHz, and 1024 MB of GDDR5 memory running at 1000 MHz through a 128-bit bus. It also is made up of 480 SPUs, 24 TAUs, and 8 Raster Operation Units.

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Power Usage and Theoretical Benchmarks

Power Consumption (Max TDP)

Radeon HD 6570 (OEM) 2GB 50 Watts
GeForce 9600 GT 512MB 95 Watts
Difference: 45 Watts (90%)

Memory Bandwidth

Theoretically, the Radeon HD 6570 (OEM) 2GB should be just a bit faster than the GeForce 9600 GT 512MB overall. (explain)

Radeon HD 6570 (OEM) 2GB 64000 MB/sec
GeForce 9600 GT 512MB 57600 MB/sec
Difference: 6400 (11%)

Texel Rate

The GeForce 9600 GT 512MB is much (more or less 33%) better at texture filtering than the Radeon HD 6570 (OEM) 2GB. (explain)

GeForce 9600 GT 512MB 20800 Mtexels/sec
Radeon HD 6570 (OEM) 2GB 15600 Mtexels/sec
Difference: 5200 (33%)

Pixel Rate

The GeForce 9600 GT 512MB is a lot (approximately 100%) better at AA than the Radeon HD 6570 (OEM) 2GB, and will be able to handle higher screen resolutions without losing too much performance. (explain)

GeForce 9600 GT 512MB 10400 Mpixels/sec
Radeon HD 6570 (OEM) 2GB 5200 Mpixels/sec
Difference: 5200 (100%)

Please note that the above 'benchmarks' are all just theoretical - the results were calculated based on the card's specifications, and real-world performance may (and probably will) vary at least a bit.

Price Comparison

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GeForce 9600 GT 512MB

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Radeon HD 6570 (OEM) 2GB

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Please note that the price comparisons are based on search keywords - sometimes it might show cards with very similar names that are not exactly the same as the one chosen in the comparison. We do try to filter out the wrong results as best we can, though.

Specifications

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Model GeForce 9600 GT 512MB Radeon HD 6570 (OEM) 2GB
Manufacturer nVidia AMD
Year Feb 2008 February 2011
Code Name G94a/b Turks
Memory 512 MB 1024 MB
Core Speed 650 MHz 650 MHz
Memory Speed 1800 MHz 4000 MHz
Power (Max TDP) 95 watts 50 watts
Bandwidth 57600 MB/sec 64000 MB/sec
Texel Rate 20800 Mtexels/sec 15600 Mtexels/sec
Pixel Rate 10400 Mpixels/sec 5200 Mpixels/sec
Unified Shaders 64 480
Texture Mapping Units 32 24
Render Output Units 16 8
Bus Type GDDR3 GDDR5
Bus Width 256-bit 128-bit
Fab Process 65/55 nm 40 nm
Transistors 505 million 715 million
Bus PCIe x16 2.0 PCIe 2.1 x16
DirectX Version DirectX 10 DirectX 11
OpenGL Version OpenGL 3.0 OpenGL 4.1

Memory Bandwidth: Bandwidth is the largest amount of data (measured in MB per second) that can be moved past the external memory interface in one second. It's worked out by multiplying the card's bus width by its memory clock speed. In the case of DDR RAM, it must be multiplied by 2 once again. If it uses DDR5, multiply by ANOTHER 2x. The higher the card's memory bandwidth, the better the card will be in general. It especially helps with anti-aliasing, High Dynamic Range and higher screen resolutions.

Texel Rate: Texel rate is the maximum number of texture map elements (texels) that are applied in one second. This figure is worked out by multiplying the total texture units of the card by the core clock speed of the chip. The higher the texel rate, the better the card will be at texture filtering (anisotropic filtering - AF). It is measured in millions of texels in a second.

Pixel Rate: Pixel rate is the maximum amount of pixels that the graphics card could possibly write to its local memory in one second - measured in millions of pixels per second. Pixel rate is worked out by multiplying the number of colour ROPs by the clock speed of the card. ROPs (Raster Operations Pipelines - also sometimes called Render Output Units) are responsible for drawing the pixels (image) on the screen. The actual pixel rate is also dependant on quite a few other factors, most notably the memory bandwidth - the lower the bandwidth is, the lower the potential to get to the maximum fill rate.

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GeForce 9600 GT 512MB

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Radeon HD 6570 (OEM) 2GB

Amazon.com

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Please note that the price comparisons are based on search keywords - sometimes it might show cards with very similar names that are not exactly the same as the one chosen in the comparison. We do try to filter out the wrong results as best we can, though.

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